Olivier Awards

Angela takes Olivier award at 89

Angela LansburyDame Angela Lansbury, Penelope Wilton and The Kinks were among theatre’s big winners at the Olivier Awards in London.

The 89-year-old actress picked up her first-ever Olivier Award after a 40-year absence from the London stage.

Downton Abbey star Wilton claimed the Best Actress prize for Taken at Midnight, while Sunny Afternoon by Ray Davies, leader of 1960s pop group The Kinks, was named Best New Musical. Davies also received a Special Outstanding Achievement Award for the musical’s score.

In her acceptance speech as Best Supporting Actress award for her role in Blithe Spirit, Lansbury told the Royal Opera House audience: “All these years of waiting. I am so infinitely grateful to have this baby in my hands. Here I am creeping up to 90 and feeling like a million dollars because I’m in London in this magnificent hall with all you.”

The Best Actor award went to Mark Strong for A View from the Bridge.

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